Citywide 911 is an online news site dedicated to providing 24/7 coverage of fire and crime news throughout the five boroughs of New York City. For a more detailed explanation about the goals of the site, please read the below paragraphs.
If you have followed us from the very beginning, you know that over the last ten months, Citywide 911 has gone from a blog to a full-fledged news site. In this time, our reporters have been at countless fire and crime scenes throughout the city.
Some of the more prominent NYC stories we have covered include an attempted suicide bombing in a subway tunnel, a terrorist attack in Tribeca and a historically deadly fire in the Bronx that killed 12 people.
Although we are proud to have played a role in informing the public about these events that drew international attention, we are even more so of our coverage of stories that were missed by major news outlets.
Because large news organizations often cover a wide range of events, they pick and chose which incidents they believe will appeal to a wide audience. Several outlets that covered smaller crime and fire incidents in NYC closed down this year, leaving a void in coverage for people who want to know about events that occur in their neighborhoods.
You see flames shooting out of the top floor of an apartment down the street from you? Look on as cops converge on the convenience store on your block?
Where do you go to find out what happened?
Our goal is for Citywide911 be New Yorkers’ answer.
As our operation has grown, we have learned how to be creative in cutting costs and efficiently cover large areas of the city with little manpower. Additionally, we have been building up our relationships with press contacts in the NYPD and FDNY, making it easier to quickly obtain information about an incident and get a story up.
To all our current readers, thank you for your readership. For new visitors to this site, we hope you will soon grow to appreciate our reporting.
We strive to be as accurate as possible in our reporting, so please contact any team member if you see an error/typo in one of our stories.